Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox delighted with Wycombe Wanderers win

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox with assistant Richard Cooper  -Pic by:Richard Parkes
Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox with assistant Richard Cooper -Pic by:Richard Parkes

Boss Paul Cox has praised Mansfield Town for their workrate and team spirit after watching his side claim their first win of the season.

Ollie Palmer pounced in the 78th minute to claim his first goal in professional football and earn Stags a well-deserved 1-0 win away at Wycombe.

It was Mansfield’s first win since their promotion back into the Football League and capped a fine team display, which saw the visitors dominate the second half with some fluid passing and solid defending.

Speaking after the game Cox said: “Today was a deserved win, I thought we looked resolute and solid and also created a lot of chances.

“We looked hungry, especially in the second half. I told the players to believe in themselves at half-time and when we do that we have got some good players.

“We defended very well and the three centre-backs in particular were excellent. We have looked strong defensively in the last two games.

“I thought we passed the ball about well and the team spirit is really coming together.

“It is great to have the three points, I am very pleased with today’s performance and result.”

Cox also paid tribute to Ollie Palmer after watching the former Havant and Waterlooville strike star bag his first goal in a Mansfield Town shirt.

“Ollie Palmer is a good kid who is going to improve a lot,” said Cox.

“He is a pleasure to work with and wants to work hard and improve. It was a big decision not to start him today, but he had a little ankle problem and is a young player who needs taking care of.

“I am sure he will get many more goals and will have a big future in the game.”

Ollie Palmer’s strike ended a goal drought of 348 minutes for Mansfield Town this season.

Mansfield face former Premier League side and FA Cup winners Portsmouth at the One Call Stadium on Saturday.